new zoantharian species

An unusual new solitary species of zoantharian was discovered while conducting SCUBA surveys around the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. These new polyps were found buried almost completely in the soft sediment of the seafloor with only their oral disks and tentacles protruding above the surface. Most known zoantharians are colonial but these newly discovered polyps are not only solitary but they also lack zooxanthellae. Up to now […]

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lab grown corals reproducing in wild

For the first time lab grown corals have integrated and reproduced with with a wild population. In 2011 SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) reared endangered elkhorn coral from field collected gametes and then replanted them in 2012. Four years later these corals have grown to soccer ball size and reproduced, simultaneously with the natural population. “This event marks the first ever successful […]

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new coral species off CA coast

A NOAA-led research discovered a new species of deep-sea coral in the underwater canyons located near the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries off the Sonoma coast. Using small submersibles and other innovative technologies they filmed and photographed marine life here that has adapted to survive in waters up to 1,000 feet deep. They also discovered a […]

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